The EU is involved in so many different areas not related to peace building, and frankly, some probably at odds with peace building, that trying to justify awarding it the Nobel Peace Prize becomes an argument in the abstract. It is not much different from awarding it to Canada, Australia or Brazil
The announcement on Friday that the European Union was the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize has already been greeted with a good deal of criticism, and rightly so. Giving the coveted award to such a diffuse and multifaceted entity cannot help but diminish its significance. The Nobel Peace Prize and the four other Nobel prizes were set up in accordance with provisions in the will of Alfred Nobel, which specifically states it should go to the ''person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses''.
Of course, this was not the first time the prize was awarded to an organisation rather than an individual. For instance, in 2005, it was awarded jointly to the International Atomic Energy Agency and IAEA director Mohamed Elbaradei for efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.
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